The Broken Spine (A Beloved Bookroom Mystery)
by Dorothy St. James
The Broken Spine is a unique cozy mystery with a bookless library, a clever cat, a demanding mayor, a bevy of beloved books, a determined detective, and a lockpicking librarian.
~The Avid Reader
The book was well-written and fast-paced. I was engaged from the very beginning.
I found Trudell to be a very interesting protagonist, a girl after my own heart.
~Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book
. . . enormously entertaining with characters that you will become attached to, with a spunky protagonist that represents the book lover in all of us.
~I Read What You Write!
The story has a steady pace once the foundation is set. If you like cozy mysteries in a small town and love books as much as Tru, you’ll enjoy this one, especially the “hero” of the day at the end.
~Christa Reads and Writes
The Broken Spine is the first book I’ve read by Dorothy St. James (to my recollection) but I immediately fell in love with her writing voice and specifically the 1st person narrative for Tru.
~Reading Is My SuperPower
The Broken Spine is a fun mystery that reminds us all why we love libraries. Tru is a delightful character that you will love because she is willing to do whatever it takes to save her library . . .
The first Beloved Bookroom Mystery is a story about growth and quiet rebellion. It has you rooting for the underdogs, the book lovers, and stalwart friends while wondering who dun it.
~Cozy Up With Kathy
The Broken Spine was a riveting and thoroughly enjoyable introductory installment in a promising series . . . Engaging from the very beginning, there were potential suspects aplenty and I had fun trying to work out who committed the crime.
~Brianne’s Book Reviews
I really like the cast of characters, it is a mixed bag between sane and just a little bit crazy.
What a fabulous start to a new series! . . . Full of small town flair and characters of all varieties to keep you turning the page unable to put it down. Makes for a fantastic start to what is going to be a wonderful cozy mystery series. I totally loved it . . .
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews
This story flowed very well and the plot kept me turning the pages. I enjoyed the setting as I like books set in a library and this library has a secret which makes it more interesting.
~Melina’s Book Blog
About The Broken Spine
The Broken Spine (A Beloved Bookroom Mystery)
1st in Series
Publisher: Berkley (January 19, 2021)
Hardcover: 320 pages
Kindle ASIN: B086SCQ639
The first in an exciting new series featuring Trudell Becket, a spunky librarian who will stop at nothing to save her beloved books and catch a killer!
Trudell Becket, book-loving librarian, finds herself in a bind when the library where she works is turned into a state-of-the-art bookless library. In a rare move of rebellion, Trudell rescues hundreds of her library’s beloved books slated for the recycle center. She sets up a secret book room in the library’s basement and opens it to anyone who shares her love of the printed book.
When the town councilman, who was the vocal proponent of the library’s transformation into a “futuristic technological center,” is crushed under an overturned shelf of DVDs, Trudell becomes the police’s prime suspect for his murder. She was the only person in the library at the time of his death, or so the police believe. But that’s not true. For the past month, Trudell had been letting a few dozen residents into the building through the basement entrance so they could read and check out the printed books.
But if she tells the police about the backdoor patrons who were in the library at the time of the murder, she’d have to explain about the secret book room and risk losing the books. In order to protect herself from being arrested for a murder she didn’t commit, Trudell–with the help of a group of dedicated readers–decides to investigate. She quickly discovers you can’t always judge a book by its cover.
About Dorothy St. James
Mystery author Dorothy St. James was born in New York but raised in South Carolina. She makes her home on an artsy island community in South Carolina with her husband, a crazy dog, and fluffy cat. Though writing has always been a passion for her, she pursued an undergraduate degree in Wildlife Biology and a graduate degree in Public Administration and Urban Planning. She put her educational experience to use, having worked in all branches and all levels of government including local, regional, state, and federal. She even spent time during college working for a non-profit environmental watchdog organization.
Switching from government service and community planning to fiction writing wasn’t as big of a change as some might think. Her government work was all about the stories of the people and the places where they live. As an urban planner, Dorothy loved telling the stories of the people she met. And from that, her desire to tell the tales that were so alive in her heart grew until she could not ignore it any longer. In 2001, she took a leap of faith and pursued her dream of writing fiction full-time.
* Dorothy St. James is the alter-ego of award-winning multi-published author, Dorothy McFalls. She enjoys writing in several different genres. Her works have been nominated for many awards including: Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, Reviewers International Organization Award, National Reader’s Choice Award, CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Award, and The Romance Reviews Today Perfect 10! Award. Reviewers have called her work: “amazing”, “perfect”, “filled with emotion”, and “lined with danger.”
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